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CONSUMER FINANCE Indiana Department of Financial Institutions Consumer Credit Education STUDY UNIT 4 Investment Information


INTRODUCTION Both before and after you make an investment you should gather and use information. You will want to know such things as earnings history, risk factors, quality of management, and opportunities for future growth and income in order to select appropriate investments. After you buy, you will want to track the investment's market price and earnings compared to other investment options.


KEY CONCEPTS Investment Information: A Teaching Guide contains learning objectives that focus on: Identify sources of financial information Read newspaper price quotations of stocks, bonds and mutual funds List factors to consider when selecting financial advisors


PRETEST EXERCISE 1.  If you buy a company's stock, A 2.  If you buy a company's bond, B 3. Over the past 70 years, the type of investment that has earned the most money, or the highest rate of return, for investors has been, A 4.  If you buy the stock of a new company, B

TOPIC 1 — Information About Markets & Securities : 

TOPIC 1 — Information About Markets andamp; Securities Objective: Students will learn the types of financial markets and securities available. . Students will learn how stocks and bonds are quoted. Materials Needed: Reading 1  'Information About Markets andamp; Securities ' Worksheets 1-6 Handouts 1-3


Investments provide opportunities for gain in both up (bull) and down (bear) markets. History has shown that many small investors do the exact opposite of what the market signals indicate. They buy high and sell low, and often lose both money and confidence.   Experienced investors realize that no one really knows where the market highs and lows will be. Yet many investors watch market trends, read corporate reports and follow leading economic indicators. INVESTMENT INFORMATION

Market Signals: 

Market Signals They want to know whether the economy is in an up or down cycle, and whether interest rates are climbing, holding, or falling. These market signals can be used to forecast market prices in the next few months. Investors use this information as they make decisions about buying, selling or holding specific investments.

Prospectus : 

Prospectus The prospectus or offering circular is a legal document describing an investment offered for sale. The prospectus usually contains a short statement of objectives of the company or mutual fund. It also contains a financial statement showing assets and liabilities, performance (profit or loss) over a period of years, and any fees the investor must pay.

“plain English” Rule: 

'plain English' Rule In 1998, the SEC adopted a 'plain English' rule designed to make prospectuses more user-friendly. The information buyers need to make informed decisions should now be simpler, clearer and easier to understand.   Investors often make the mistake of investing in a stock or a mutual fund that is currently at the top of the earnings charts without evaluating whether it will do as well in the future. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Financial Media : 

Financial Media Information and advice on how to invest your money is available in many forms. Newspapers, periodicals, books, radio talk-shows, television news broadcasts, video tapes and computer software are examples that illustrate the diversity in delivery techniques. The old saying 'don't believe everything you read in the newspapers' is true and can apply to other media forms as well.

Financial Media: 

Financial Media Investors gathering information must carefully examine the credibility of the investment source. A warning signal should sound when a particular company's products or services are being promoted. Some investment advisors are able to offer you 'free' guidance because they earn a commission on what you and others buy such as insurance, investments, books, and tapes. Television infomercials which are paid half-hour or hour broadcasts and financial seminars frequently fit into this category.


Publications Local library business reference sections have many valuable and reputable publications: Barron's Better Investing Business Week Forbes Fortune Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine The Wall Street Journal SmartMoney Worth Investors Business Daily Investment Survey Standard and Poor's Stock Reports

Lear About Investing: 

Lear About Investing Another way to learn about investing is through investment clubs. An investment club consists of a group of people who pool funds and investment knowledge. A specific amount of money is invested each month. Some investment clubs handle large sums of money in extensive stock portfolios. Others invest small amounts with the primary objective of learning about the stock market. Information about investment clubs and their educational materials can be obtained from the National Association of Investors Corporation: (810) 583-NAIC; 711 West 13  Mile Road, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067. (http://www.better-investing.org )

Understanding Price Quotations : 

Understanding Price Quotations Investors can follow the changing prices of investments by reading price quotations in the financial pages of newspapers. Many newspapers print market prices daily, others list prices weekly.   An investor needs to know not only the current price of the investment, but also a history of the investment's prices. Investors can easily track prices by recording daily price changes from data in the newspaper.

Price Quotations: 

Price Quotations Stock prices are quoted in fractions of sixteenths. Bond price quotations use eighths, but with a difference. Bonds are sold in $1,000 units but are quoted as 100s. To find the correct value of the bond, the decimal place in the quote must be moved one place to the right. On occasion, bond prices are quoted using increments of 1/16 or 1/32. Since stocks and bonds are purchased through a broker, there may be an additional fee or commission charged for execution of the order.

Bonds Quotes: 

Bonds Quotes When a bond is first issued, it can be sold in one of three ways:   face value is the value of the bond stated on the certificate discount is a price below face value premium is a price above face value   Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and there is no coupon rate. Interest is collected when the bond is redeemed.

Mutual Funds Quotes: 

Mutual Funds Quotes Mutual funds quote a net asset value (NAV) per share. NAV is the market value of all the securities owned by the fund, less liabilities, divided by the number of shares. The price you pay to buy a share of a mutual fund (offer price) is the NAV plus any sales charges from the mutual fund or a broker. An 'NL' in the offer price column indicates the fund is no-load but you may still pay a management or redemption fee. If a load fund is purchased from a broker there may also be a brokerage fee or commission.

Using Investment Ratings : 

Using Investment Ratings In addition to the short term yield information provided in newspaper price quotations, investors compare risk and long-term returns. Various independent advisory services publish ratings which allow these comparisons. For example, Moody's publishes ratings of the financial condition of corporations and municipalities issuing bonds. Consumer and finance magazines such as Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, Worth, SmartMoney and Money provide comprehensive ratings.

Long-Term Return: 

Long-Term Return To compare the long-term return of a bond with the long-term return of another bond or another type of investment, check the bond's yield to maturity. Besides annual interest, the yield to maturity includes any profit or loss at redemption. This information is available from brokers and financial publications. Yields quoted in the newspaper do not take into consideration that the investor may have paid more or less for a bond than face value. Capital gains for stocks and mutual funds must also be factored in with any investment comparisons.


A MUTUAL FUND PROSPECTUS Using a mutual fund prospectus (Available from Vanguard, Fidelity, etc.), answer the following questions: 1. What is the name of the fund? 2. What is the primary goal of the fund? 3. Does the fund offer any special features? If so, list. 4. What are the investment strategies used by the fund?

Prospectus Questions: 

Prospectus Questions 5. Does the prospectus give information regarding the manager of the fund? If so, what? 6. What fees are required by this fund? 7. What warning signals does this prospectus contain? 8. Would you recommend this fund to a beginning investor? Why or why not?


READINGS ON INVESTMENTS Read an article or pamphlet on an assigned investment topic and complete the following worksheet. 1 Title of Article___________________________________Date__________________ Author (if given) ________________________________________ 2. Write a brief summary of the main ideas of the article or pamphlet. 3. Explain why you agree or disagree with the major ideas presented in the article or pamphlet.

Stock Quotes : 

Stock Quotes Stock prices are generally quoted in fractions of eighths. This practice may have evolved from a time when the Spanish 'Piece of Eight' was widely used in the civilized world. The fractions save space in newspaper quotes. In 1997, Nasdaq, NYSE and Amex began quoting stocks in sixteenths and probably will be quoting in cents by the year 2000.


Example To convert eighths of a dollar into cents, use the following equivalents: 1/8 = 12 1/2 cents ($0.125) 5/8 = 62 1/2 cents ($0.625) 1/4 = 25 cents ($0.25) 3/4 = 75 cents ($0.75) 3/8 = 37 1/2 cents ($0.375) 7/8 = 87 1/2 cents ($0.875)


Examples Find the cost of the following stock purchases, ignoring sales commissions. 250 shares @ 39 1/4 ___________ 60 shares @ 411/2 ______________ 100 shares @ 19 1/8 ___________ 600 shares @ 19 7/8 _____________ 425 shares @ 20 3/4 ___________ 600 shares @ 19 3/4 _____________ The movement of the price of a stock by one eighth is sometimes a significant dollar amount. What is the difference in the price of the two 600 share lots above.

Bond Quotes : 

Bond Quotes Bond price quotations use eighths also, but with a difference. Bonds are sold in units of $1,000 but are quoted as 100s. To find the correct dollar value, move the decimal one place to the right.   For example, a bond quoted at 98 1/4 is equivalent to 98.25. Move the decimal one place the right to find the dollar price of the bond, which is $982.50. This bond is selling for less than $1,000 so it is selling at a discount, probably because of a low rate of interest.

Bond Quotes: 

Bond Quotes A bond quoted at 102 3/8 (102.375) equals $1,023.75. This bond is selling at a premium, probably because of a high interest rate or yield.   What is the dollar price of a bond quoted at 97 7/8? ___________________________



What It Says : 

What It Says Columns 1, 2 and 3 High, Low, Stock Column 4 Column 5 Yield During the last 52 weeks, the highest price paid for a share of Sears common stock was $385/8 and the lowest was $22 . Sears stock pays $2.00 yearly in dividends per share. At today's price, the investor receives a return of 5.1% or $5.10 for every $100 invested. The yield is obtained by dividing the annual dividend by the closing price.

What It Says - Continued: 

What It Says - Continued Column 6 P-E Ratio Column 7 Volume in 100s Column 8, 9, 10 and 11 High, Low, Close, Net Change At today's price, the ratio of price to earnings is 15. It is one way to compare stocks of firms in the same industry. In general, low P-E stocks tend to have higher dividend yields and less risk. The P-E ratio is obtained by dividing the stock's price by the company's latest 12 months earnings per share. On this day, 1,796,900 shares of Sears stock changed hands. During the trading day, the price was as high as $39.87 1/2 per share and as low as $37.121/2. The final price was for $39.50 which was $2.12 1/2 more than the final price on the previous day.

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 1. How many transactions of Intel common stock were made?__________________ 2. What is the common stock dividend of each of these companies stocks: ·   Dell Computer __________________ ·   Intel ______________________ ·   Sears _______________________ 3. Which stock is trading closest to its high of the year? _______________________

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 4. What was the increase today in the dollar value of Dell stock? _______________ 5. What was Intel's closing price on the previous day? ________________________ 6. Sears has a dividend yield of ______________________________________ 7. If you bought 100 shares of Dell at its low for the year and sold it at this day's closing price, what would be your capital gain? ___________________________________



What It Says -Column 1: 

What It Says -Column 1 A bond issued by Chiquita which matures in 2004 has a coupon rate of 10 1/2. This stated interest rate represents the 10.5 percent paid on the bond's $1,000 face value. The holder of this bond will receive $105 annually. The 's' in the K Mart quotation separates the 6.2 percent rate from the 1997 maturity rate. Note this bond is listed in fractions of 10s instead of 8s. The Disney bonds are zero coupon bonds as indicated by the 'zr.' They do not pay annual interest.

What It Says -Column 2: 

What It Says -Column 2 At this day's price, the holder of a Chiquita bond annually will receive 10.7 percent or $10.70 for every $100 invested. The current yield is calculated by dividing the annual interest by the closing price. 'cv' indicates the K Mart bond is convertible and can be exchanged for K Mart stock.

What It Says : 

What It Says Column 3 Volume Column 4, 5 Close, Net Change On this day, 500,000 Chiquita bonds were sold. The number 50 has been multiplied by 10,000. The final price for Chiquita bonds was $982.50 which was $3.75 more than the final price on the day before.



Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 1. How many transactions of USAir bonds were made? __________________ 2. What year are each of these bonds due? ·  USAir __________________ ·  CBS __________________

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 3. What is the stated coupon interest paid to the bondholder for each of these bonds? ·  USAir _______________________ ·  IBM ________________________ · CBS _______________________ 4. If you bought the following bonds at these prices, what would your real annual return from interest be? ·  USAir _______________________ ·  IBM ________________________

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 5. What was the closing price for these bonds on the previous day? ·  USAir _______________________ ·  IBM ________________________



What It Says : 

What It Says Column 1 Fund Family Magellan and Overseas are names of mutual funds within the Fidelity Investment family. Select Value and STAR are mutual funds within the Vanguard Group of funds. Column 2 NAV The NAV stands for the net asset value per share of the fund at the close of the previous business day. A fund's NAV is calculated by adding up the value of all stocks or other securities owned by the fund, subtracting the liabilities, and then dividing by the number of fund shares available. However, sales commissions are not subtracted from the NAV.

What It Says - Continued: 

What It Says - Continued Column 3 Net Chg Column 4 YTD % Ret The net change column shows the change in the NAV from the preceding day's quote. In this example, there was a 21 cent loss in net asset value of the Fidelity Magellan Mutual Fund as compared to the previous day. Both of the listed Vanguard funds lost three cents a share. YTD % return refers to the year-to-date percentage change in the value of the fund. That includes re-investment of all distributions, subtracting annual expenses charged to investors.

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 1. What is the net asset value of one share of the Vanguard STAR mutual fund? __________________________________ 2. If you bought 100 shares of Magellan at a price of $50.00/share, what is your gross profit as of this date? __________________________________

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 3. How much did Vanguard STAR gain or lose in NAV on this day as compared to the previous day? ________________________ 4. Mary Mendez purchased 200 shares of Vanguard STAR at $12.30/share. How much did she pay for the 200 shares? ________________

Test Your Knowledge: 

Test Your Knowledge 5. If the NAV per share is $15 in five years when Mary sells the shares, how much capital gain will Mary have on the original 200 shares? ______________________________

TOPIC 2 — Selecting Financial Professionals : 

TOPIC 2 — Selecting Financial Professionals Objective: Students will learn how to select financial professionals. Students will learn how to designate financial planners. Materials Needed: Reading 3  'Selecting Financial Professionals' Handout 3-4 Student Exercise 1-3


SELECTING FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS The selection of financial professionals deserves careful thought. The first question to ask is whether you really need financial advice in the first place. Could you make appropriate financial decisions without the help of a specialist? Have you explored alternatives such as attending classes, self-study, reading financial pages in newspapers and periodicals, and using financial planning services provided by your employer?

Financial Advisors: 

Financial Advisors The individual investor who has basic money management skills can judge better the quality of suggestions made by financial professionals. Selecting an appropriate advisor is important because the advice the person gives will affect your future financial well being. Among those who provide financial advice are attorneys, accountants, bank trust officers, brokers, credit counselors, insurance and real estate agents, employee benefits staff, and financial planners.

Need Financial Advisor: 

Need Financial Advisor While many functions could be accomplished without the help of a financial advisor, many people lack confidence in managing their money and want advisors to hold their hands when they make financial decisions. Some investors feel they do not have the time and know-how to organize and monitor their own financial affairs. These people may benefit from the advice of a competent financial advisor. Often they must be willing to pay for the service.

Brokers : 

Brokers Brokers represent investors in the purchase and sale of stocks and bonds. Some brokerage firms have satellite office locations in lobbies of banks, office buildings, and retail stores. Securities brokers are licensed in the state where their clients reside and are registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). Futures brokers are licensed by and registered with National Futures Association (NFA). You can get a background check on a broker by calling the NASD Public Disclosure Hotline at 1-800-289-9999, weekdays from 8 AM to 6 PM EST.

Two Types of Brokers: 

Two Types of Brokers Discount brokers buy and sell stocks and bonds at lower rates than full-service brokers. These brokers are paid a salary or small commission.   Full-service brokers give investment advice, as well as buy and sell securities. They are paid on a commission basis.

Broker’s Commission: 

Broker’s Commission The broker's commission for buying or selling securities or commodities is based on the dollar amount of the transaction. Before you buy or sell, ask the broker what the transaction costs will be. All brokers have a minimum fee per transaction but fees are negotiable. Full-service broker commissions are understandably higher than those of discount brokers. .

Financial Planners : 

Financial Planners Another type of financial advisor is the financial planner. Financial planning requires a working knowledge of budgeting, financial recordkeeping, saving and investing, insurance, taxes and retirement and estate planning. The planner may work with a team of financial professionals including attorneys and accountants.

Financial Planner Services: 

Financial Planner Services A financial planner may provide the following services: organize and analyze financial records such as insurance policies, tax returns, net-worth statements, debt obligations establish timelines and actions to reach financial goals consult with appropriate specialists such as a lawyer for a will and estate plan, and a tax accountant if necessary

Financial Planner Services: 

Financial Planner Services develop a long-term financial plan as a guide for financial decision making, including insurance and investment strategies and estate planning monitor and revise the financial plan as circumstances and needs change

Choose a Qualified Planner: 

Choose a Qualified Planner Since nearly anyone can call themselves a financial planner, it is important to choose a financial planner who is qualified through training and experience, and who puts the investor's financial well-being ahead of the desire for personal gain through commissions on the sale of financial products and services.

Financial Planner Fees: 

Financial Planner Fees A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that comprehensive financial planning services from fee-only planners can range from $100 to $250 an hour or more. The minimum amount of time spent is usually 10 to 15 hours, so the total bill for planning services could range from $1,000 to nearly $4,000. Under certain conditions, however, just a couple of hours consultation with a competent financial planner could provide an answer to a sticky financial question and be well worth the cost.

Financial Planner Fees: 

Financial Planner Fees The typical computerized financial analysis program can range from $200 to $2,000 or more. The individual investor may want to consider the cost of planning as a percentage of the total amount to be invested.

Need for a Planner: 

Need for a Planner Unless investors have discretionary income of $20,000 or more, they probably do not need the services of a financial planner. However, some people are willing to pay for financial planning services when they have a major financial decision to make, such as how to invest an inheritance or a retirement fund pay-out. Others use a planner when they feel that they will earn more money with the planner's assistance than without it.

Questions to Ask: 

Questions to Ask Questions to ask before hiring a financial planner include: What are your credentials? What services will you provide? How much will it cost? How are you paid?

Credentials of the Financial Planner : 

Credentials of the Financial Planner What is the financial planner's educational background and experience in financial services? How long has the person been working with clients? Where did he or she work before? For how long?   Designations that can be earned by professional financial planners include Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).


Fee-Only 'Fee-Only' identifies a financial planner who is paid strictly on the basis of his or her advice, receiving no commission income for selling the products, such as mutual funds or bonds, that are part of one's financial plan.

Certified Financial Planner: 

Certified Financial Planner The CFP mark identifies an individual who has completed the educational examination and other professional requirements of the Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards and has agreed to adhere to its Code of Ethics. The program of study includes a broad range of financial topics.

Chartered Financial Consultant: 

Chartered Financial Consultant The ChFC mark identifies an individual who has completed the requirements for certification from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA. It is generally earned by insurance professionals who provide financial planning services.   Other designations exist which are related to investment activity but are not specific to financial planning. While they provide evidence that a person has met certain professional requirements, they do not assure that a person has special training to be a financial planner.

Other Planners: 

Other Planners The CPA mark (Certified Public Accountant) identifies an individual who has completed the requirements for certification of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.   The RIA mark (Registered Investment Advisor) identifies an individual who charges for investment advice and is registered with the state securities agency or with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Other Planners: 

Other Planners The REG REP mark (Registered Representative) identifies an individual who is registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers. It does not assure that the person has had special training to be a financial planner.   The CPA, RIA and REG REP marks do not assure that the person has had special training to be a financial planner.

More Questions to Ask: 

More Questions to Ask How does the financial planner keep up-to-date on new financial developments and tax laws? Is the planner a member of professional associations such Financial Planning Association or Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)?

More Questions to Ask: 

More Questions to Ask Will the planner provide a written contract in advance of work, listing services to be provided? Ask to see an example of a financial plan that the planner has prepared for a person with needs similar to yours. Will the planner provide names of clients who you can call? How often will the financial plan be monitored and modified to meet changing conditions and needs?

Financial Planner Services: 

Financial Planner Services A financial planner should know specific details about you and your financial circumstances. The products and financial plans recommended should be in line with your financial objectives. Avoid financial planners who try to 'sell' a product rather than provide sound advice appropriate to your financial situation and goals.   The planner should have a close working relationship with other financial advisors including accountants, attorneys and insurance professionals. A financial planner rarely has expertise in all areas of personal finance.

Financial Planner Services: 

Financial Planner Services Are you comfortable with the personality and communication skills of the financial planner? Because the planner will have detailed knowledge of your personal financial affairs, it is essential that there be a positive working relationship. After carefully reviewing the planner's credentials, decide whether this person is someone you can trust. Even then, learn as much as you can about each investment, and do not invest in an area you do not understand.

How Financial Planners Are Paid : 

How Financial Planners Are Paid A financial planner's income can be obtained in one of three ways:   1. A fee-only planner charges on an hourly or flat rate basis. The planner provides advice but does not sell products. 2. A fee-and-commission planner provides advice for a fee, and earns commission on the financial products sold to the client. 3. A commission-only planner earns money from the financial products sold and does not charge a fee for advice.

Income from Commissions: 

Income from Commissions Because about 85 percent of financial planners earn part or all of their income from commissions, the issue of conflict of interest can be a problem. Will the planner be more interested in selling insurance policies, mutual funds, or limited partnerships than in providing the best investment plan for the client?

Costs of Financial Planning Services : 

Costs of Financial Planning Services The investments recommended by a financial planner can carry sales fees of 3% to 10 % of the money invested. For example, if a person has $10,000 to invest, an 8% sales commission on a mutual fund would cost $800.

Insurance Agents: 

Insurance Agents Although the traditional role of insurance agents is to sell insurance products, that role has expanded in recent years to include other financial products and services. As with all types of financial advisors who sell products, the consumer should be aware of possible bias. Be skeptical. Ask questions. Compare costs and expected yields.

Lifelong Process: 

Lifelong Process Individual investors stand to gain or lose significantly from decisions made about managing their money. They cannot afford to sit back and let the financial future take care of itself, or let someone else make their financial decisions for them. Successful money management is a lifelong process that requires regular monitoring and periodic adjustments to meet changing circumstances and needs. Relationships with financial professionals work best when individual investors are informed about financial matters, and are actively involved in financial decisions.


10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A FINANCIAL PLANNER 1. What experience do you have?   Find out how long the planner has been in practice and the number and types of companies with which she has been associated. Ask the planner to briefly describe her work experience and how it relates to her current practice. Choose a financial planner who has a minimum of three years experience counseling individuals on their financial needs.


QUESTIONS 2. What are your qualifications?   The term 'financial planner' is used by many financial professionals. Ask the planner what qualifies him to offer financial planning advice and whether he holds a financial planning designation such as the Certified Financial Planner mark. Look for a planner who has proven experience in financial planning topics such as insurance, tax planning, investments, estate planning or retirement planning.


QUESTIONS 3. What services do you offer?   The services a financial planner offers depend on a number of factors including credentials, licenses, and areas of expertise. Financial planners cannot sell insurance or securities products such as mutual funds or stocks without the proper licenses, or give investment advice unless registered with state or Federal authorities. Some planners offer financial planning advice on a range of topics but do not sell financial products.


QUESTIONS 4. What is your approach to financial planning?   Ask the financial planner about the type of clients and financial situations he/she typically likes to work with. Some planners prefer to develop one plan by bringing together all of your financial goals. Others provide advice on specific areas, as needed. Make sure the planner’s viewpoint on investing is not too cautious or overly aggressive for you.


QUESTIONS 5. Will you be the only person working with me?   The financial planner may work with you himself or have others in the office assist him. You may want to meet everyone who will be working with you. If the planner works with professionals outside his own practice (such as attorneys, insurance agents or tax specialists) to develop or carry out financial planning recommendations, get a list of their names to check on their backgrounds.


QUESTIONS 6. How will I pay for your services?   As part of your financial planning agreement, the financial planner should clearly tell you in writing how he/she will be paid for the services to be provided. Planners can be paid in several ways.


QUESTIONS 7. How much do you typically charge?   While the amount you pay the planner will depend on your particular needs, the financial planner should be able to provide you with an estimate of possible costs based on the work to be performed. Such costs would include the planner’s hourly rates or flat fees or the percentage he would receive as commission on products you may purchase as part of the financial planning recommendations.


QUESTIONS 8. Could anyone besides me benefit from your recommendations?   Some business relationships or partner-ships that a planner has could affect his/her professional judgment while working with you, inhibiting the planner from acting in your best interest. Ask the planner to provide you with a description of his/her conflicts of interest in writing.


QUESTIONS 9. Have you ever been publicly disciplined for any unlawful or unethical actions in your professional career?   Several government and professional regulatory organizations, such as the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), your state insurance and securities departments, and the CFP Board keep records on the disciplinary history of financial planners and advisers. Ask what organizations the planner is regulated by and conduct a background check.


QUESTIONS 10. Can I have it in writing?   Ask the planner to provide you with a written agreement that details the services that will be provided. Keep this document in your files for future reference.


STUDENT EXERCISE 1 1. H. P/E ratio a figure used to evaluate the value of the stock 2. F. prospectus legal document describing a stock fund for sale 3. G. investment club a group of people who pool their funds and information 4. D. bull market when securities prices are going up


STUDENT EXERCISE 1 5. A. offering price the price you would pay to purchase a mutual fund share 6. B. market price the price the seller will accept and the buyer will pay 7. E. discount sale of a bond at less than face value 8. J. bear market when securities prices are going down


STUDENT EXERCISE 2 1. Stock price quotations are published once a week in the Wall Street Journal. False 2. When you invest in a mutual fund you have no way of knowing what type of securities the fund will buy. False 3. Barron's is a magazine that specializes in the investments of royalty. False


STUDENT EXERCISE 2 4. A stock's annual dividend per share is private information known only to the corporation, its shareholders, and the Internal Revenue Service. False 5. Only people who have been designated Certified Financial Planners can promote themselves as financial planners. False 6. An NL in the price quotations for a stock indicates there are no management and transaction fees. False


STUDENT EXERCISE 2 7. The 'change' column in newspaper stock quotations indicates whether the volume of stocks sold has increased or decreased. False 8. The net asset value of a mutual fund is the market value of securities with a fund, minus liabilities, divided by the number of shares. True


STUDENT EXERCISE 2 Multiple Choice Which of the following is NOT a good reason to seek out a financial planner? C. having someone else make decisions When comparing bonds with stocks, which of the following is the most accurate measure of the long-term return on a bond? D. yield to maturity


STUDENT EXERCISE 3 1. In what way is a family of funds useful to the investor? With a family of funds, the investor can: meet different investment needs with just one institution move money from one fund to another as needs change, sometimes without additional transaction fees


STUDENT EXERCISE 3 2. Translate these prices into dollars and cents. Stock: 37 3/4 = $ 37.50 5 1/8 = $5.125 80 5/8 = $80.625 Bond: 102 1/2 = $1025.00 99 3/8 = $993.75 75 7/8 = $758.75


STUDENT EXERCISE 3 3. ATandamp;T has issued bonds that will come due in what years? 1997, 2000, 2026 4. What is the coupon rate on the bonds issued by Ames? 9.2% or $9.20 per $100 invested 5. Which bond has no annual interest payment? Apache


STUDENT EXERCISE 3 6. How much will it cost to purchase these bonds: Ames $1,025.00 Amoco $996.25 7. What was the price of the Ames bond the day before these quotes? $1,018.75 ($1,025.00 - $6.25) 8. What is the net asset value of a Pioneer Bond mutual fund share? $9.20


STUDENT EXERCISE 3 9. What does NAV represent in mutual fund listings Net Asset Value 10. What was the price of a Pioneer Capital Growth mutual fund share the day before these quotes? $11.35 11. List the two methods by which financial planners are paid. Fees and commissions